Tax season had barely begun when we got the news that hackers had broken into Intuit’s online TurboTax service and stolen customer refunds. Others used the service to create fake returns and collected refunds this way. Originally up to 18 states reported upticks in fraudulent activity. It’s enough to make you take a second look at those ads for identity theft prevention or fraud protection services. But can they really help?
Imagine that tomorrow you wake up to find out a virus has infected your laptop and all your files have vanished. Your family photos, your spreadsheet of online passwords (a major security faux pas) and that report you need for a meeting later today — all gone.
By January 31, the due date for W2s and other tax forms to be postmarked, accountant and tax preparer offices were already bustling with extra traffic. Employees at a tax office just outside Baltimore, MD noted the speed clients exhibited this year in scheduling appointments. Several clients...
You may have come across advertisements for VPNs, and may even know what it stands for ( Virtual Private Network ), but if you are like most people, you aren’t sure what VPN does, or why it is important for your business. A VPN can serve many purposes; a VPN allows you to stream Netflix, Hulu, and...
When you consider the extraordinary rate at which identity crimes occur — impacting consumers every two seconds according to Javelin Strategy and Research — such a high degree of fear seems logical. Identity crimes also threaten a consumers’ sense of control, a need so vital that people are forever seeking ways to gain it in all aspects of their lives.
2014 was “The Year of the Breach.” 2015 continues to bring to the public spotlight data breaches cases that should make any business reflect on its own information security plan, and become more cautious with respect to their data, employees and business practices.
Keeping a business protected is more important now than ever. With recent hacks coming to light such as the SONY and Anthem Blue Shield attacks that compromised hundreds of thousands of customer personal information, it makes sense to protect your business when it begins to use social media for branding and promotional campaigns so that you business and customers don't fall victim to similar crimes.
Private data is now a very public issue. For the first time in history, people recognize that businesses store their information and they want to know how – and why. They want to know why websites need their email address so badly, and they understand that private photos can be hacked.